What is a Supra-Erupted Tooth?

oral surgery ChicagoAs you move along throughout your day, and even as you slumber at night, your teeth are in a constant battle for their position. The teeth are subjected to a number of forces that help to maintain a delicate balance. The tongue, cheeks, lips, and the neighboring teeth must all work together in order to maintain the position of even a single tooth. When even one of these factors is altered or removed, all of teeth can be affected.

When you are considering oral surgery in Chicago, whether it involves the removal of teeth or replacing missing teeth, it is important to understand the chain reaction that accompanies your decision. When our oral and maxillofacial surgeons remove one or more teeth, it is important to explore the impact to the remaining teeth. 

Preventing supra-eruption can be as simple as discussing tooth replacement with our experienced dual-degreed Chicago oral surgeons.

In a phenomenon known as supra-eruption, a tooth will continue to migrate outward unless it is stopped by an opposing force.  Essentially, a tooth needs an opposing tooth to keep it from growing right out of the socket! An upper tooth with no lower tooth to contact it will continue to grow down into the space once occupied by another tooth. A lower tooth with no upper opposing tooth will also continue to grow upwards until it meets some form of resistance.

The risks of ignoring a supra-erupted tooth can be significant. Most patients begin to notice more frequent cheek biting or biting the gums due to the “overgrown” tooth.  As the tooth continues to grow, it begins to lose the support of the surrounding bone. The relationship between the supra-erupted tooth and its neighbor also changes. You may notice new food traps or difficulty cleaning the gap between the teeth, leading to gum disease.  Additionally, the lack of adequate access to clean between a supra-erupted tooth and its normally positioned neighbor usually leads to decay involving both teeth where they contact each other.

Preventing supra-eruption can be as simple as discussing tooth replacement with our experienced dual-degreed Chicago oral surgeons. A dental implant, which can be placed when your natural tooth is removed, is a popular and the best solution. The implant, which will be the same size, shade and shape as your natural tooth, can restore your biting surface and help to maintain the healthy position of any surrounding or opposing teeth.

If you are facing tooth loss, or have lost one or more teeth, contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 today to learn how you may be able to prevent supra-eruption.

On February 6th, 2012, posted in: oral surgery by

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